Questions & Answers

What are common dental problems?

Common dental problems include tooth decay, gum disease, cavities, tooth sensitivity, bad breath, and oral infections.

What causes tooth decay and cavities?

Tooth decay and cavities are primarily caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria on teeth. Consuming sugary and acidic foods and beverages can contribute to these issues.

How can I prevent tooth decay and cavities?

To prevent tooth decay and cavities, practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, limiting sugary foods and drinks, and visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.

What is gum disease, and what are its symptoms?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums. Symptoms include swollen and bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and gum recession.

How can I prevent gum disease?

Prevent gum disease by maintaining good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also essential.

What causes tooth sensitivity, and how can I relieve it?

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by exposed tooth roots, enamel erosion, or cavities. Using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth and avoiding very hot or cold foods can help alleviate discomfort.

How can I manage bad breath (halitosis)?

To manage bad breath, maintain good oral hygiene, including brushing your tongue, using mouthwash, and staying hydrated. Bad breath can also be a sign of underlying dental or medical issues, so consult a dentist if it persists.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, professional teeth whitening conducted under the supervision of a dentist is safe. Over-the-counter products may cause sensitivity if not used correctly.

How long do teeth whitening results last?

The longevity of teeth whitening results varies, but with proper oral care and avoiding staining substances, results can last for a year or more.

Can teeth whitening be done at home?

Yes, at-home teeth whitening kits are available, but professional in-office treatments often provide more effective and quicker results.

How often should I get my teeth cleaned professionally?

Professional teeth cleaning is typically recommended every six months to remove plaque and tartar buildup, preventing cavities and gum disease.

Does teeth cleaning hurt?

Teeth cleaning is generally painless, but individuals with sensitive teeth or gum disease may experience mild discomfort. Inform your dental hygienist about any sensitivity concerns.

Can teeth cleaning remove coffee or wine stains?

Professional teeth cleaning can help remove surface stains, but for more stubborn discoloration, teeth whitening procedures may be recommended.

Is a root canal painful?

Root canal procedures are performed under local anesthesia, ensuring minimal discomfort. Patients may experience some post-treatment soreness, but it’s generally manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers.

How long does a root canal take?

The duration of a root canal varies depending on factors like tooth complexity and infection severity. On average, the procedure may take one to two hours.

Can I drive home after a root canal?

In most cases, patients can drive themselves home after a root canal, as the effects of local anesthesia wear off relatively quickly.

Is a crown necessary after a root canal?

Yes, placing a crown on the treated tooth is often recommended to restore strength and protect it from further damage.

How long does it take to get a crown or bridge?

The process typically involves two visits. During the first, impressions are taken, and a temporary crown or bridge is placed. The final restoration is placed during the second visit.

Do crowns and bridges feel natural?

Yes, crowns and bridges are designed to look and feel natural. They are customized to match the color, shape, and size of your existing teeth.

How do I care for a crown or bridge?

Care involves regular oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing. Regular dental check-ups are crucial to ensure the longevity and health of the restoration.